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Four Elderly People Killed after 18-Wheeler Crashes into SUV


tractor-trailer speeding down highway

According to WTKR, four people died after a collision with a semi-truck in Northampton, County, Virginia, on Saturday afternoon.

Details of the Fatal Trucking Accident

Police say four passengers in a Hyundai SUV traveled on Route 13 at approximately 12:43 p.m. local time. The SUV attempted to turn onto Capeville Drive when an 18-wheeler struck the SUV.

WTKR reports that the two men and two women inside the SUV died at the scene. The deceased includes the 87-year-old driver, Konrad Erbes, and three passengers, 80-year-old Jacob Eng, 78-year-old Angelika Erbes, and 76-year-old Theresa Eng. The four victims were in Northampton County visiting family, according to WTKR.

The semi-truck driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following statistics regarding large truck accidents are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died and an estimated 111,000 sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks.
  • An estimated 438,000 police-reported traffic crashes involved large trucks in 2014.
  • Approximately one out of four fatal large-truck crashes occurred on an interstate.
  • Seventy-nine percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2014 occurred on weekdays.

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